Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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What are the possible reasons for a sudden decrease in the number of images being indexed in my sitemap?

A number of sitemaps contain URLs, and a number of those URLs contain image URLs with captions, titles, etc. Suddenly over the past five days, there has been a drop in the number of images indexed by ...
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If I rename a sitemap, does it affect my SEO?

I would like to rename my sitemap: Would it affect my SEO at all? Would I have to resubmit it on GWT? If I have a sitemap-index.xml file, that remains the same, but I change the name of one of the ...
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Does Google prefer HTML sitemaps or XML sitemaps? And does it hurt to implement both?

I just read that Google prefers HTML sitemaps. We have so far, only implemented an XML sitemap. Would it hurt to add an HTML sitemap, and not remove the XML sitemap? Also, can you submit the HTML ...
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What affect, if any, would buying domain names with high volume search terms have on SEO?

Assume the following: I have a website: www.example.com. I want to rank www.example.com/searc-term-1 on the first page of Google. Would it help the SEO of www.example.com/searc-term-1 if I bought ...
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Why do some websites hide their sitemaps and exclude mentioning it from the robots.txt file? Does this affect SEO at all?

A lot of websites hide their sitemap.xml file. What I mean by this is that they make the URL something that a person cannot guess and then do not mention them in the robots.txt file. So my question ...
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Why does google.com search results show a newly published post as 2 days old?

We have just put up a post, less than 2 hours ago. We usually rank pretty well, including in this case. Regardless, when I search on google.com for the post by name, it comes up as the first result. ...
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Temporarily redirect pages to a section of a landing page?

I have created a single page landing page while I redesign my website that has sections for popular pages. So the landing page has an events section, location section, contact section etc. How do I ...
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What is a good approximation for a page's (Google) search rank to come back to it's original rank, after it has fallen due to technical errors?

Say we had a web page, which initially had a google rank on the first page. Say these errors occurred after some time: load time Meta title changes Some data not being visible to the crawler etc. ...
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Moving a secondary site form a www.example.com/subdirectory to another www domain

I have added all my websites on Webmaster Tools (Google Search Console), but I have a question about moving a different site from a subdirectory to another www domain. I added on Webmaster Tools and ...
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Having same page with different meta tags without affecting SEO

I am a .NET developer, I don't know much about SEO. How can I have single page for multiple meta descriptions and titles without downgrading my search engine oerspectives? For example, say I have 3 ...
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Google Called Previous SEO Company?

I have a client whose site I rebuilt several months ago. I also took over their SEO when I did this. Their previous SEO company called them today and my client sent them an email. My client passed the ...
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Number of results on Google's 'site:' search [duplicate]

I have come across something puzzling with Google's 'site:' search results. When searching a site that I know to have far more than 10 million indexed pages, Google displays 564,000 results. Is there ...
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Does country blocking affect SEO?

I was getting frequent attack on my website from overseas countries when it started becoming popular in SEO. As my business is totally based in Australia, I thought it would be better to block all ...
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Should I prevent crawlers from indexing category pages? [duplicate]

I have category pages on my site that show items in category. These items are constantly subject to change (because new items get added, so that older ones are get pushed to older pages and so on). ...
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Using competitors domain with different ending to boost traffic

Imagine my competitor is getting 1000s of views a day and is established in Google search engine. I plan to launch my website in a weeks time but will have to work hard to get into google search ...
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Few keywords in the heading section, is it bad or good?

My article heading is "how to SEO learn SEO 101 beginner SEO guide" is this. Here is the keyword which is used more than once. For "how to SEO" and "SEO 101" and "beginner SEO guide", my main target ...
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SEO optimisation for a video-heavy website

I am creating a website which will have much more videos than actual text. Now this concerns me as I want the particular site which I can not reveal details about here, to rank within the top 3 on ...
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Internationalization using subfolders

I'm internationalizing a Rails application using their standard i18n gem. I've set it up so that the language appears as a subfolder in the URL, ex. www.mysite.com/en, www.mysite.com/zh, ...
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Same sitemap (with hreflang) across two different ccTLDs?

I am working on international targeting for a site that is virtually the same across the two ccTLDs it uses to target the US and Canada. The structure is exactly the same. I would like to use the ...
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More internal vs. more external links

What is the effect of more internal than external links to a website? Is it something that should be avoided for good results, or rather attracts people to watch more of the site? Blogs, for example ...
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Do I use Open Graph tags in right way? [closed]

Recently I added share button's on my blog but when I press the button to share in facebook the wrong picture shows. Can you check what is wrong? ... ... ...
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Does Google still crawl pages with dynamically changing content like news feeds?

Some websites like the following have a news feed on their homepage that provides the majority of content, which is an increasingly popular feature: https://www.producthunt.com/ ...
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Is The SSL Padlock Required To Get An SEO Boost?

So i have read that using SSL on a website gives a boost to SEO. I have picked up an SSL cert and installed it and its working, but the padlock doesnt display on every page. The padlock in the URL ...
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Are schema.org RDFA breadcrumbs available for all search engines?

I want to implement Schema.org breadcrumbs in RDFA format, following the RDFA guide from here : https://developers.google.com/structured-data/breadcrumbs As this is suggested by Google I can of ...
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How do I verify my www domain after verifying the non-www domain in Google Webmaster Tools

I have setup a 301 redirect from http://example.com to https://www.example.com and I have already verified the non-www version. How do I verify the www version of my site? Can I use the same ...
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Are clickable Category Badges good or bad for SEO?

Im running a wp magazine with a lot of posts (over 50 post) on the front-,category- and archive page. Each thumb and title are linking to the single-post and some posts are additonally showing up ...
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301 redirection from thousands pages to single

I have a tech blog (CCTLD) running from 9 years with thousands of pages (including tags and categories) and i no longer want to continue that blog. And want to get benefit of its SEO value. Now i ...
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Have I been penalized for my URLs change?

I have moved my site from an old CMS to a framework and as a consequence my URL patterns have changed, so some of the URLs are now throwing 404. I could setup redirects on some of the pages, but not ...
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Is country domain extention important for local search in Google? [duplicate]

I own a domain name that uses the .co extension and I'm located in France. Someone just advise me to get a .fr domain because it would make my local searches in France better. I personally thought ...
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Right time to start SEO of brand new site?

I just developed a website and the age of my site is one day. It's an entertainment related site. I have very good profiles on the rottentomatoes forum, Imdb board, tv.com forum, reddit, voat.co, blu ...
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Why google not index my website's pages? [duplicate]

We have a website with around 293.000 pages. We optimized its SEO but Google doesn't come it in search. We also have sitemap.xml that update in each day How can I find the problem?
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How would Google respond to redirecting visitors clicking on SERP to another page, but not the Googlebot?

This page has a good PageRank on Google: http://www.example.org/myrankedpage.php Many users search on Google and land on myrankedpage.php However, I would like for those users to be redirected to ...
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Nofollow without modifying the link itself

We use third party software on our website. Part of the license agreement means not modifying the "copyright" line. I have no intention of breaking this, however, because that line includes a dofollow ...
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What does SEO score reported by whois.domaintools.com mean and what factors influence it?

I created a website and purchased the second-level domain. I didn't put any content yet and I can't even find it by googling the domain name; despite thas whois.domaintools.com reports that my SEO ...
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Custom and readable urls for products in e-commerce [duplicate]

I am building a simple e commerce shop and I wonder Should I build custom url for every product. I mean like this https://mywebsite.com/cars/bmw-x5 Instead of just using an id: ...
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Our website has thousands of incoming nofollow links, does this help our SEO or is it useless?

We have a huge amount of backlinks from good sources, but unfortunately a large chunk of them are nofollow. I'm just hoping these aren't completely useless for SEO. Update: I edited the question ...
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Accidentally submitted broken URLs in a sitemap. How can I stop Google crawling them?

We recently added a sitemap to our site but didn't exclude unpublished items (which, unless you're logged in as an admin, will 404). Google started trying to crawl them and as a result, we saw a huge ...
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How is my SEO affected if I make all outbound links on my website rel=nofollow?

We have a lot of outbound links on our website to various high DA websites. Would it help or damage our SEO if I make all of the links rel=nofollow?
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Making entire site to HTTPS from HTTP - issues to be aware of

I am thinking of moving a website (built on Wordpress) to be run entirely over HTTPS so it is more secure and follows Google's "HTTPS Everywhere" mantra. Can anyone provide some advice on this & ...
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Would it be useful to cram the <title> element full of relevant keywords? What are the downsides of this practice?

I've read at many places that the title of web page must be concise and informative. I've also read that user agents use the title as the foremost thing to index the web pages. So wouldn't the web ...
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Is finding and using expired domains for backlinks considered Black-Hat?

http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/build-expired-web-2-0-networks-increase-rankings/ This guide shows how to identify and generate backlinks for a website. If one was to follow this guide: ...
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What is the recommended SEO procedure when moving to a site with several subdomains to a new domain?

Is there any known SEO recommendation for migrating a domain with several subdomains to a new domain name? As Google can see subdomains as internal parts of root domains (link), what could be the SEO ...
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How to deal with yet-to-be-translated, placeholder content on a multi-language site?

I'm working on a site where we have many different languages (about 24). When a content piece is authored in English, it is automatically copied to all language sites where it will be later translated ...
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Rich Snippets for “Total Likes” instead of a Rating

I'm just starting to learn more about rich snippets and I saw that they support aggregate ratings. But on my blog, users cannot rate articles; they can only "like" them (like on Facebook). Some of the ...
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Adding keywords to google shopping feed with the product_type attribute

Most of our products are of Irish origin, which is important for our customers who often use the keywords Irish or Ireland in their searches. Many of our products do not have Ireland or Irish in ...
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Google cache for home page shows the the Facebook page instead

I have a very weird and kinda crazy problem with Google caching one of the pages on the website. At first, I thought I got hacked or something similar, I also talked to my host and they said there is ...
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How to do SEO with content that can only be located via site search? [closed]

I am planning to create a website whose content will be dynamic. There will be some text files of poems by some poets in the file system. There will be a search box to find the content which will then ...
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Backlinks stopped showing up in Google Search Console

Google Search Console (webmaster tools) has been finding backlinks for my site fine (at least 1 per day) up until 9 days ago. All of a sudden, for 9 days straight, Google webmaster tools shows no new ...
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Does Google care about code formatting?

TLDR; Does Google care how code is formatted? Background I work in an agency. One developer is trying to convince the other to put line-breaks between rules in his css file: .class { ...
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SEO effects of H1 carousel slider

I maintain a website for a law firm. Originally their main desired keyword was "zoning attorneys." So I created a small banner that has an h1 "ZONING ATTORNEYS" on every page with the attorneys' names ...